Bad Breath and Gingivitis br>
by: David Snape
Does this sound familiar to you? My dentist and hygienist mentioned that I had irritated gums as they cleaned my teeth. Thi s is the symptoms of gum disease.
Halitosis (bad breath) could be related to a gingivitis infection as both are caused by bacteria. Red, sw ollen and/or bleeding gums characterize gingivitis. These sy mptoms are most evident upon flossing and sometimes from brushing.
Bac teria cause gingivitis. And bacter ia are considered to be responsible for bad breath.
Somet imes, I could even see the bloodstains that the hygienist quietly wiped away with a towel. It was embar rassing enough to know that I wasn’t controlling my gingivitis problem, but to know that she was actually trying not to make a big deal out of it was troubling.
I knew my dentist was concerned because she gave me a bottle of alcohol based mouthwash to try and mentioned that she wanted to see how I looked next time. I don’t like u sing it; there is too mu ch alcohol and the taste is not very pleasant. Alcohol may also dry the mucous membranes in the mouth.
Bacteria can stick to your teeth and secrete acid onto them contributing to cavity formation. They can also infe ct the gums, particularly around the gum line, causing gingivitis. This can manifest i nitially as bleeding and irritated gums.
Having a lot o f uncontrolled bacteria multiplying in the mouth may also lead to bad breath, but there is a natural and normal amount of bacteria in the mouth, and you will never completely get rid of them all, nor would you want to.
Theory has it t hat it is actually the anaerobic bacteria that live in the tongue and throat that produce sulfur that in turn produce hard to get rid of bad breath. These anaerobes create VSCs or volatile sulfur compounds. One type is the familia r rotten egg smell. There are other odors co ming from VSCs as well. These sulfur-producing ba cteria may feed on certain foods, like coffee, alcohol and meats.
A gingivitis problem can offer a way for bacteria to easily enter your blood stream and that can lead to additional problems. Systemic infections could c ome from this. Gingivitis can be something that makes your gums bleed easily in a mild case or it can be the root of deep gum recession, leading to bone loss in the worse case scenarios. (Periodontal disease)
L operating systems of gums may be discouraging. A friend of mind once described the process as,